Student Experience

A personalized approach

Discover what you do best

Stikeman Elliott’s flexible student program is all about developing your skills. We provide the opportunity to explore areas that interest you so that you can find your passion and make an informed choice about your future area of practice.

As a student in the Ottawa office, you will have an unprecedented opportunity to immerse yourself in all aspects of federal regulatory law and explore a variety of assignments in areas such as competition, intellectual property, international trade, government procurement, and commercial and public interest litigation.

Articling and summer students will not have formal rotation schedules imposed on them. In keeping with our self-directed approach, work assignments are not funnelled through a central administrator but, instead, lawyers will engage with students as colleagues when requesting work or assistance.

We won’t hold you back

Our belief in the need to continually stretch one’s abilities is so strong that we wrote it into the firm’s core values. Once you’ve reached a goal, you won’t plateau or rest on any laurels. Instead, as you gain experience, there will be challenges that will further develop your skills.

Get the most true-to-life experience of legal practice possible

A solid grounding in legal theory and precedent is certainly critical to your success, but nothing beats hands-on experience. As a student, you will be given real responsibilities for actual client matters and can take the initiative for assessing your workload.

Stikeman Elliott students work alongside and learn from lawyers (including senior partners) in small teams, making meaningful contributions to our work for clients.